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COVID-19 Vaccination Site Coding in NFIRS

The following guidance is provided to help state and local fire service organizations record incidents that involve COVID-19 vaccination site events in the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

Fire departments are assisting in all aspects of COVID-19 vaccine administration across the United States. This help comes in various forms, such as providing logistical support, providing an area for vaccine administration site setup, and assisting in the administration of vaccines.

Coding vaccination site events

The following coding guidance is intended to serve as a template that fire departments can use for NFIRS reporting of vaccination site events in the Basic Module.

Incident Type (Block C)

  • 551 – Assist police or other governmental agency (if local, regional, state, tribal or federal site).
  • 553 – Public service (if non-governmental site, e.g., stadium, hospital or parking area).

Actions Taken (Block F)

  • 30 – Emergency medical services, other.
  • 55 – Establish safe area.
  • 7x series – Assistance.
  • 81 – Incident command.

Property Use (Block J)

Record the specific property use where the facility was set up (e.g., fire station, church, school).

Remarks (Block L)

Annotate the roles and responsibilities of the staff handling this incident. Mention “COVID VACCINATION SITE” in the Remarks field.

Districk (Block E)

For further clarity and local-level reporting capability, the District field, user-defined, can be used to identify the site. (E.g., consider the use of “VAX” to identify the incident as a vaccination site.)

COVID-19 National Special Study #9244 “COVID-19 was a factor in this incident.”

It is recommended that “3 – No, COVID 19 was not a factor” is used for these incidents.

If the fire department transports a person from the facility, create a new/separate incident specific to the medical incident. Use the Remarks field to include a note about the vaccination site being the location of emergency medical services incident origination.

Have a question about coding COVID-19 vaccination site events?

Please contact the NFIRS Support Center: Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET, at 888-382-3827 or by email at